Football League Teenage XI: On-loan Manchester United and Chelsea starlets make cut

Nathaniel Chalobah

Manchester United, Chelsea, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Wigan Athletic, Middlesbrough, Doncaster Rovers, Ipswich Town, Reading, Brighton and Leicester City players all involved.

Here is our selection...

Luke Coddington - Middlesbrough - Goalkeeper

Experienced teenage goalkeepers are almost impossible to come by, even in the Football League. However, Luke has managed to use the England under-19 side as a platform to showcase his abilities. Infact the 'Boro keeper has only seen one defeat in 8 games for the England youth teams, and has built a reputation as one of the most promising keepers in the country. 

James Husband - Doncaster - Left Back

The young Doncaster left back was a firm fixture in their first-team before a shoulder injury saw him put out of action for 3 months. Nonetheless, the player won plaudits for his performances before his injury and is definitely one to keep an eye on. 

Elliott Hewitt - Ipswich Town - Right Back

Despite stunting in his progression recently, I definitely believe there is still a good player to made in Elliott Hewitt. The right-back made a firm impression when he first broke into the team, and looked ready-set for the big leagues. Unfortunately football isn't that kind at times, and now he faces a battle to get himself back on track - which I believe he can.

Jake Cooper - Reading - Centre Back

The towering centre-half may not be a well known name to the Football League yet, but he definitely has the potential. The 6'4'' centre-back is a youth product of Reading FC and has recently burst on the scene for the England under-19s. The current competition at Reading means that it is difficult for the player to get a chance, but he is definitely one to look out for. 

Nathaniel Chalobah - Nottingham Forest/Chelsea - Defensive Midfielder

The Chelsea midfielder is one of the most widely respected teenagers in the country, and given time, he is expected to eventually become a first-team player at Stamford Bridge. Despite the loan not going as many would have hoped - the potential of this player is far too large to overlook. 

Will Hughes - Derby County - Central Midfielder

The 18-year-old midfielder is one of the most experienced teenagers in the division, having already played in 57 Championship league games. He has been linked with the world's biggest and best and compared with the world's biggest and best. The second youngest player to ever appear for the England under-21s and perhaps the most promising player in the Football League currently.  

Jake Forster-Caskey - Brighton & Hove Albion - Central Midfielder

The 19-year-old former England youth international is slowly building his reputation and hasn't managed to set off any big alarms yet, but given time and he will. Due to injuries in the camp, he has managed to get a lot of game time at the Amex and particularly in the last two months has put in some very promising shifts. 

Alex Mowatt - Leeds United - Central Midfielder

After signing a new deal at Leeds United, the current buzz around this particular young player is only going to get higher. At just 18 years of age, he has put in some very experienced performances and has been integral to their promotion push. I believe this kid can go all the way, and will. 

Tom Hopper - Leicester City - Striker

Leicester City's most promising young player is a  19-year-old Tom Hopper. Now, you could say that the young player is extremely lucky to be on this list, and that's because he turns 20 this week. He has built up a solid reputation for his performances at development level and has previously 'wowed' Bury fans with his performances.

Nick Powell - Wigan Athletic/Manchester United - Centre forward

Another loan player from the Premier League, Manchester United midfielder/centre forward, Nick Powell, has earned himself a stunning reputation. Not only as one of Wigan's best players, not only as one of the leagues best players but also one of the best to have played in this years Europa League. He will undoubtedly go on to eventually play a big part in Manchester United's future and I expect to see him in the first-team United side as early as next year.  

Mason Bennett - Derby County - Striker

Another one from the Derby County conveyor belt of talent. It's easy to forget that 17-year-old Mason Bennett broke into the first-team before the more courted Will Hughes, but he did. The player is a 'wrecking-ball' very quick, very, very strong and intensely hard working. He has since become a regular first-team fixture for Derby, and is the pin-up boy of the current England-under 19 side. 

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